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List of most commonly prescibed meds, please


Specializes in cardiac-telemetry, hospice, ICU. Has 6 years experience.

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Stcroix, ASN, RN

Specializes in cardiac-telemetry, hospice, ICU. Has 6 years experience.

I plan on starting with my Davis drug guide for nurses. Most of the info is in there. Then other texts, and of course, always the 'net.

This will be very helpful for sure, especially when I need to make drug cards for clinical patients, and of course, exams.

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 11 years experience.

The best way that I found to learn drug classes was to use Lippincott's Illustrated Review of Pharmacology

It has them broken down into neatly classified tables and charts.

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

To blondy's excellent list I'll add a few that I give pretty regularly:







Just goes to show how different this will be on specialty. I give diltiazem often, phenytoin somewhat regularly and have given spironolactone a handful of times, but other than that, almost never give any of those drugs.

I am a humble 1st year student. I am asking all you practicing nurses for some help. I (for my own learning, not assignments) want to start a list of meds in a notebook. I will list them by brand and generic names, classification, etc. so I can get a jump start on next year. I am asking for you to simply post the names of meds that you encounter the most in day to day nursing, I will dig out the details from texts. I figure, why not start with the ones prescribed the most? Any help will be much appreciated!! Thanks :)

I'll bite:




Coumadin (warfarin)



plavix (clopidogrel)

Blood pressure:

ACEi's- captopril, lisinopril, enalapril

ARB's- losartan, valsartan

Other heart meds

Beta-blockers (olol)- labetolol, carvedilol, atenolol, propranolol

Calcium channel blockers- verapamil, nifedepine, amlodipine, nicardipine, diltiazem

Vadodilators- nitroglycerin, nitroprusside

Pressors- Dopamine, dobutamine, norepinephrine

Statins- atorvastatin, rosuvastatin

Fibrates- finofibrate

Cholesterol binders- ezetimbe, cholestyramine

Lung meds

Albuterol, salmeterol

Ipratropium, tiotropium

Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol combo)

Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol combo)

GI meds

Anti-acids H2 blockers- ranitidine, famotidine

Anti-acids PPIs- omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole

Bowel preps- mag citrate, polyethylene glycol

Constipation- docusate, senna, miralax, lactulose, enemas

Diarrhea- loperamide

antinausea- ondansetron, promethazine, prochlorperazine

Kidney meds

Diuretics- furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone, acetazolamide


Diabetes- metformin, insulin (lantus, aspart)

Thyroid- levothyroxine

Steroids (glucocorticoids)- prednisone dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisone,

GU meds

antispasmodics- oxybutinin, tolteridine (detrol) solifenacin (vesicare)

BPH meds- doxazosin, tamsulosin, finasteride

ED meds- sildenafil, tadalafil


Alzheimers- donepezil (aricept)

Seizures- valproate, levetiracetame, phenytoin, topirimate

Benzos- lorazepam, diazepam,

Agitation- benzos (lorazepam, valium), haloperidol,

Pain meds

Opiates- oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl

NSAIDs- ibuprofen, ketorolac

Other- trazodone, cyclobenzaprine, lidocaine patches

Headaches- fiorocet, sumatriptan, metoclopramide

Gout- allopurinol, colchicine

Psych meds and antibiotics are too numerous to name

Stcroix, ASN, RN

Specializes in cardiac-telemetry, hospice, ICU. Has 6 years experience.

Wowza (and others) Thank you so much for your efforts. Thanks to you guys, I will have a list to keep me busy for a while!

PediLove2147, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. Has 7 years experience.

This is a great idea to get ahead! We always ended up need to make drug cards in nursing school, having it handy will save you time.

I am a private duty nurse and only give a few medications but here they are:





Chloral Hydrate



If I were to do the same thing as you, where would I find how to classify them? I, too am interested in getting ahead of my peers so I am better able to focus on the really hard stuff.

What do yall think the best way to do this is? and OP, good job of thinking ahead! You and I should be friends...lol...

LOL, this is the really hard stuff...